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(Updated   July 21 2014)
Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 935 million
Mobiles  907 million 
Landlines: 28  million 
Total no. of PCs: 100 million 
Internet users:  220 million  including  mobile Internet 115 million
Broadband:  66 million (wired: 19 million;  mobile: 47 million)
TV owning houses: 150 million ( DTH: 54 million)

- NEW! More than half of e-tail customers do IT from mobile phones
- Sluggish Indian printer -copier business in Q 1 2014: IDC numbers
- Indian usage of video on mobile... Vuclip study
- Akamai data on Internet speeds in India and Asia
- India Internet numbers for 2014 from IAMAI

- IAMAI study on Mobile Internet in India
- Gartner study on 3-D printer market

- Worldwide  mobile usage: Ericsson study

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ISP ACT promises India's fastest speeds for retail customers: 60 MBPS
ISP ACT promises India's fastest speeds for retail customers: 60 MBPS
India ranks low at no. 76 in global innovation index
Wipro bags a billion dollar deal to provide tech services to Canadian giant, ATCO
India ranks low at no. 76 in global innovation index
Gone in 39 minutes -- Indian buyers grab 100,000 units of a Chinese phone, sight unseen
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Gone in 39 minutes -- Indian buyers grab 100,000 units of a Chinese phone, sight unseen
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  ISP ACT promises India's fastest speeds for retail customers: 60 MBPS
Bangalore, 24 July 2014 – ACT (Atria Convergence Technologies Pvt. Ltd.), the country’s fourth largest Internet Service Provider in the wired broadband category  has promised  dizzy new speeds  for its customers -- 60 MBPS -- even  as it  launches a new broadband  brand ACT Fibernet. ....
Gone in 39 minutes -- Indian buyers grab 100,000 units of a Chinese phone, sight unseen
Bangalore, July 23, 2014: Indian customers with their instinct for paisa vasool or a good bargain,  have booked the entire  stock on offer of a made-in-China mobile phone, without having seen it, within  minutes of its  launch online. ....
India ranks low at no. 76 in global innovation index
Sydney , Australia, July 22, 2014: India  has continued to slip by a further 10 places, dropping to 76th position this year, in the annual rankings  of this year's  Global Innovation Index published by Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization. ...
Let's spare a thought for the '18,000'
A personal  lament for those  who  will soon  be part of  Microsoft's 'cull' -- most of them ex-Nokia employees IndiaTechOnline Special By Anand Parthasarathy Bangalore July 21 2014: Microsoft's announced decision to  cull its  crop of technologists by  18,000 -- the largest in its history --   attracted   shock-horror  headlines  in India's business newspapers -- but for the wrong reasons. ...
Wipro bags a billion dollar deal to provide tech services to Canadian giant, ATCO
Bangalore, India and Edmonton, Canada, July 21, 2014:  Last week saw leading India-headquartered  global IT services and  consulting  company, Wipro,  enter into   a strategic alliance with one of Canada's premier corporations, the  Alberta-based ATCO Ltd. ...

Students' preferred design platform, Rasberry Pi now in a new improved version
Good news for engineering students: More features, same price! Singapore, July 16 2014: The new and improved Rasberry Pi  -- the   credit-card-sized  computing platform, that students and designers alike have embraced so enthusiastically -- is now available in a new edition, Model B+, at the same old price of  $ 35. ....
For these Physics teachers, phone is a classroom tool
In Bangalore, school  teachers learn how to use smart phone to teach physics. At a workshop for school teachers held recently in the Jawaharlal Planetarium in the city,  they were  shown how a smart phone might be usefully deployed to teach Physics. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
Indian travel tools dominate at Google's free Android apps listing
IndiaTechOnline special Bangalore, July 22 2014: Indian mobile  application creators totally dominate the travel section in the Android  apps listings at Google play. What's more all these apps are free. "Indian Rail Train and IRCTC Info" from Cool Apps is currently the most popular app world wide. ....
UCBrowser launches PNR checker for Indian trains
New Delhi, July 21 2014: Leading Indian mobile browser UC Browser , has released  the PNR Status Checker on UC Browser, providing India train travelers  with  a useful train enquiry service. This free service provides a fast and convenient means of getting information about train status, schedules, and routes. ....

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S: Ultimate weisure weapon!
The movie-friendly features don't stop with the best screen in tablets:  It  pauses when you  look  away! By Anand Parthasarathy July 21 2014: The tablet tends to be a jack-of-all-trades, designed to please  customers who  look for  a weisure companion -- a device that   combines a lot of leisure features, with just  a work-friendly  app or two to soothe one's conscience. ....
Asus Zenfone 5: Versatile camera in a phone body
By Anand Parthasarathy Bangalore, July 14 2014: Older readers might remember the classic Tata Steel advertisement catchphrase  of the 1980s:  'We also make steel!' If I were a copywriter for Asus, I'd  do an ad  for their latest India launch, the ZenFone5 which said: 'It also makes calls. ....
Blackberry Z3 -- bouncing back
July 8 2014: That great American humorist, Mark Twain,  was in England to cover Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1897, when he   learned that  a  New York newspaper  had  carried his obituary. ...

IT's for you
  Do it by numbers, with Portronics Plugs portable sound system
July 22, 2014: If you are one of those structured persons who  likes to  organise your music  by numbers -- the Plugs Portable Sound System from Portronics will appeal to you.   A keypad occupies  prime place on the front  face  -- together with a display of song number and  song time. ....
Be safe, rather than sorry! The continuing challenge of software vulnerability
July 21, 2014:  Enterprises  and individuals are increasingly threatened by vulnerabilities  that are discovered in many of their  most used software tools. Anil Bhasin,  Managing Director India and SAARC,  for cyber security solutions specialists, Palo Alto Networks suggests how one might stay protected and  describes how  security service providers work with software sources like Microsoft, Oracle  and Adobe to  help their customers steer a  safe path. ....
Hong Kong -based Sunstrike launches affordable smartphone aimed the young in India
New Delhi, July 18  2014: Hong Kong-based Sunstrike Telecom  is targeting students and the young with its new smartphone launch in India: The OptimaSmart 45Q  boasts features  like 4. ...
Sunstone to host workshop on Blue Ocean strategies
New Delhi, July 18 2014: Students from Sunstone Business School will come together for a special  professional development  tomorrow:  a  workshop on Blue Ocean Strategy (BOS)​ which ​provides an analytical approach towards the creation of an uncontested market space. ...
New Galaxy Tab S from Samsung boasts advanced AMOLED display
Bangalore,  July 12, 2014 - Samsung Electronics'  thinnest and lightest device with Super AMOLED display -- the Galaxy Tab S -- goes on sale in India from next week. ...

IT people
  Ruksh Chatterji to head Komli Media in India
Mumbai, July 22, 2014: Ruksh Chatterji  has been named as Vice President - India  for Asia Pacific's leading media technology platform Komli Media. Ruksh joins Komli from Jabong, one of fastest growing e-commerce businesses in India, where he ran the apparel business, delivering nearly half the company’s revenues. ....
Vicks Kanagasingam to head Intersec's Asia-Pac business
Singapore, July 12, 2014: Vicks  Kanagasingam  has been named as Vice-President , Asia Pacific  for mobile operator solutions leader, Intersec.  He will be based at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and his responsibilities will include the Indian market. ....
Gopi Katragadda to lead Tata Sons' technology drive as CTO
Mumbai, July 1 2014: Tata Sons,  the promoter of the major operating Tata companies, has announced that  Gopichand Katragadda till recently  Managing Director of the GE India Technology Centre, will join as Group Chief Technology Officer,   from August 3. ...

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Login, meals ready!
If you are weary of bad pantry food - the rubbery parathas and watery dal - you can now order interesting fare online, and have it delivered piping hot at railway  stations.  Times of India's Priya Menon checks out some online catering options ( July 21 2014)


Plumbing only goes so far. Now, net needs good Indian content: Srinivasan Ramani
Srinivasan Ramani calls himself the "internet plumber" of the 1970s. As the former head of National Centre for Software Technology (now, C-DAC Mumbai), he and his colleagues nurtured the internet in India and watched it transform the country. Recently, Ramani, 75, became the first Indian to be inducted into the Internet Society's prestigious Hall of Fame..... Times of India July 20 2014

e-Tailing creates Mexican wave in India
The fast-growing online retail industry is set to take a larger chunk of the overall e-commerce market growing from the current 16% to 28% in the next two years, finds a study by advisory firm eTailing India. Growth of mobile shoppers is one of the main reasons behind this expected growth. Mobile shoppers will more than double to reach 220 million by 2016. Economic Times July 14 2014


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